2016: A Year of Jollies, Anthologies and Forensic Criminology.
to all my wonderful friends, old and new, who have been kind enough to join me here and who have read and enthusiastically commented on my posts.
Your visits are so very welcome and much enjoyed by me and obviously by those dropping by.
Thanks so much for all your support and kindness throughout this last year
and earlier years I’ve dabbled in this blogging lark.
It has been a busy year for me once more.
I’ve been treated to some really fabulous ‘jollies,’ and I have a lot more to post here as soon as time permits.
I’ve recently been on several – I’ve been spoiled rotten and it’s been fabulous.
I’m really encouraged by the reaction my little forays garner, especially the photos and the historical snippets I try to include with each post. It’s great to share my experiences and it seems that my posts have inspired many of you to visit some of these places.
I really hope you weren’t disappointed.
The feedback you give is really encouraging. Thanks so much.
After a very long pregnancy
‘ONLY ONE WOMAN’
has left the computers of both myself and Christina Jones (my co-author),
and is now with our publishers Accent Press Ltd and the delectable Greg.
The plan is for the novel to be published in May 2017 – watch this space. It should be in Paperback and eBook and I understand there are plans for an Audio-book too.
A departure – for me – from Crime fiction, OOW is a story we have both been itching to write for many years.
Chrissie and I have been friends since our teens – we move fast as you can tell!
She was my husband’s band Fan Club Secretary as well as a successful Rock Journalist interviewing the rich and famous, and the most gorgeous Rock stars. I’m not jealous at all.
She also wrote for a lot of the Teen magazines at that time.
Christina Jones is now an award-winning successful author of over 30+ books.
More details as and when we get them.
Christina Jones and her books:
In addition to the ongoing Work in Progress -‘Ms Birdsong Investigates’ – which seems to be taking me forever to write, I am been very privileged to have been included in three anthologies.
The first, Madame Movara’s Tales of Terror, still on sale but only until January 2017, has been the work of 29 authors and 2 illustrators and was the brain child of author Kelly Hambly.
Her link: http://www.facebook.com/newbloods
All proceeds go to Save The Children (The International Children’s Charity).
So far sales have exceeded expectations and this can only be good news for Save The Children.
The hardback edition is fully illustrated throughout. I love it.
The Paperback edition comes with a choice of 2 covers and they are both illustrated throughout as well – in colour.
Madame Movara’s Tales of Terror is published by Willow Creek Publishing.
My story is called ‘Haunting Melody.’
I got the inspiration for the story when looking at some photos of one of my favourite places, Big Bear Mountain and Lakes in San Bernadino, California.
The foreword has been written by iconic Hammer Horror movie actress and former Bond (007) girl Caroline Munro who has been a wonderful asset and has helped gain interest from many established and iconic Horror magazines such as Scream.
The links for these are:
I have also contributed towards
Ghostly Writes Anthology 2016
published by Claire Plaisted, Plaisted Publishing House.
Along with 26 other authors from around the world I contributed my story
‘The Beneficiaries of Secret Cottage.’
The inspiration for my story came thinking about Wills and those who have expectations and those who find themselves inheriting something out of the blue, from someone they didn’t even now existed.
Ghostly Writes is available in Paperback and eBook.
the eBook is FREE
for Paperback price follow the links.
The links are:
I have also written a short story for another anthology, A Stab in the Dark: Cons, Dames and G-Men
which is due for publication in early 2017 and is the brain-child of Adam Mitchell.
This eBook will be FREE
The Golden Age of Detection is the theme for these stories and this is a first for me.
I love the GAD but have never written anything set in the late 1930’s before.
My story is called ‘Cue Murder,’
and I was inspired by the story of Movie Star Lupe Velez – The Mexican Spitfire.
One of my husband’s great aunts, Elizabeth Risdon, was a movie actress, acting with some of the great leading men of the age and she starred in several movies with Lupe Velez and talking about her recently reminded me of how Lupe died.
I shall be posting more about Lupe and Elizabeth nearer the publication of Stab in the Dark.
Earlier in the year I was fortunate enough to contribute my short story
‘A Walk to Destiny’ to dottyandthedreamers online magazine.
The magazine is FREE
Here is the link: http://writingat.wixsite.com/dottyandthedreamers/issue-2
Late December 2016 they will also be publishing two more short stories I’ve written.
‘You can run, but you cannot hide.’
‘Murder by Christmas.’
If you read any of these stories or buy any books, do be kind and let me and the other authors know your thoughts and if you are able to leave a review anywhere, that would be wonderful. Thanks.
Whilst beavering away at all this I have been busy educating myself.
Last September (2015) I started the first of four Forensic Science Online University courses and in early December 2016 I completed my last.
I also managed to fit in another course in Archaeology.
Time Team was a huge favourite and I am still mourning its loss from TV.
I wanted to better understand Crime Scene Investigations, Forensic Anthropology and Forensic Science in relation to Criminal Justice, so that I might write Crime stories with more accuracy.
I may not actually include what I’ve learned in my writing – never one to blind people with science I hope – but for my own understanding of what happens at the crime scene (who is there and why for example) and during examination of unidentified bones, and also how to identify a victim given no items were left in a shallow grave for example, other than bones. Also the investigation of Witness Statements and eventual Prosecution of someone accused of Murder.
It has been so interesting, informative and enthralling to study this and have tutors world-renown for their expertise in their field.
I have learned so much. Even my Archaeology Course came in handy!
As soon as I get my act together I shall be posting more ‘jollies,’ undertaken since the summer which I hope you will enjoy.
Most activities, especially in the early Autumn, involved a lot of physical effort and outdoor activity.
I managed to amaze myself just how high I can climb in pursuit of ‘that view.’
Well, now you can see what I have been up to this year and I am looking forward to a busy 2017.
I’d like to thank you all for being here and for your kind participation in my blog. It’s been another blast!
I look forward to seeing you all again next year and do bring your friends along too.
For those celebrating
and to you ALL a very
HAPPY, HEALTHY, PROSPEROUS AND SAFE 2017.
I am not packing up shop just yet
I am hoping to feature an interview with an Accent Press Crime Writer here before the end of December so keep ’em peeled.
Do drop in and leave a comment – always welcome and appreciated.
All photos (c) Jane Risdon 2016 except book covers which are (c) to the artists/publishers and Lupe Velez and Elizabeth Risdon